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Communicating Effectively

Relate to diverse social styles and personalities at work


The most successful leaders are experts in communication. In this popular seminar, you will learn the key competencies needed to be an effective communicator. From managing difficult conversations, building trust or gaining buy-in to communicating in a supportive and effective way, you will take away new perspectives and tools for developing a more productive workplace. The action-based format gives you numerous opportunities to practice and refine communication skills.

Several leading companies and not-for-profit groups have required this program for their managers.

Key Benefits and Takeaways

  • Learn to effectively communicate with supervisors, peers, and/or employees
  • Build high-quality relationships
  • Manage difficult conversations successfully
  • Develop personal influence and impact
  • Manage your image, credibility, and the impression you leave on others
  • Control your non-verbal communication
  • Establish a common approach for a civilized workplace
  • Listen attentively and give constructive feedback
  • Explore office team diversity and why people react as they do

This program is designed for professionals and managers at any level including executives, project managers, supervisors, and team leaders. It is a coveted program for human resource professionals and useful for individuals entering a new role.

The registration fee includes facilitation by our highly rated faculty members, course materials, results-oriented exercises, meal service (continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks)*, and a certificate of completion from the McGill Executive Institute. To successfully complete the course and receive your certificate of completion, you will need to attend all sessions and complete the pre-work for each session.


*Meal service is included for in-person programs only.

Topics covered in this course

  • Define your style 
  • How communication system elements affect your communication 
  • Identify self-monitoring tendencies
  • Identify important context that affect effective communication
  • Work with personal and cultural differences to get through barriers to effective communication
  • Cultivate supportive communication including active listening     
  • Word choice – communication that makes colleagues listen
  • Non-verbal expression – channels that send messages without words
  • Using these skills in a virtual environment
  • Communicating past others - identify your style of confrontation
  • Strategies for managing difficult conversations
  • Giving and receiving feedback as a leader, in a team, or one-on-one 
  • Develop a framework for feedback   
  • How well do you really listen? (Self-assessment tool)
  • Three components of listening
  • Strategies for active listening

Course Leaders

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James Beatty Hunter


James Beatty Hunter

James Hunter (MPHIL, GDM-Leadership, CPCC) specializes in leadership and leadership development. He is a faculty member of the McGill Executive Institute and McGill's School of Continuing Studies, where he has been nominated four times for the Distinguished Teaching Award. James is also a coaching and leadership development associate with Alto Leadership, an international firm dedicated to optimizing organizational capacity and team leadership. He leads consulting initiatives with large and small companies on developing people and building capacity to create and sustain high-performing, healthy organizations. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Oxford. 

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Miriam Carver


Miriam Carver

As a faculty member of the McGill Executive Institute and lecturer in the Desautels Faculty of Management, Miriam Carver’s areas of expertise include leadership development, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, building teams, customer service, executive coaching, and emotional intelligence. She consults with a wide variety of organizations in diverse sectors, from manufacturing and telecommunications to government and healthcare. She holds a Master’s in Education (Counselling Psychology) from McGill University and has completed additional graduate work in Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution.